by Mark Barbee, CRP | December 02, 2013
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Mark Barbee 
Every week, we feature a piece of expert advice from a certified recognition professional (CRP) from Recognition Professionals International, an industry association dedicated solely to understanding, improving, and advancing employee recognition & rewards in the workplace.

Q: What advice can you offer our company to help us get our workforce engaged in our company’s success?

A: Put your people first. Your employees are your company’s most valuable assets. It’s not your technology. It’s not your efficient processes. It’s your people that matter most. So, start valuing the role that your people play in customer satisfaction and retention. Take the time to understand how your employees want to be recognized — just ask them. Then, recognize them in meaningful ways and with meaningful awards that will create stories and memories that they will want to share. You will be on your way to creating a culture of recognition in no time. The result will be engaged employees, satisfied customers, and improved bottom line results for your company.

About Our Expert: Mark Barbee, CRP, is the immediate past president of Recognition Professionals International and serves as vice president, account group leader for Maritz. Mark Barbee profit and loss responsibility for all of the non-automotive accounts within Maritz Motivation. He is directly responsible for sales, account management, client services, creative services, technology, and all program operations. His experience in the reward and recognition industry spans more than 25 years, and includes work with multiple Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries. In addition to serving as the immediate past president of Recognition Professionals International (RPI), he has also served on RPI’s Executive Board for the past three years. 

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